Saturday, November 21, 2009
Not only do businesses and residents find ways to flee blue states for richer pastures in red states so apparently does good football as evidenced by yet another ass kicking by the Buckeyes.
For what it's worth, it was kind of sad to watch Notre Dame get whooped by a team that will probably finish next to last in the Big East.
I know the prevailing wisdom is that Brian Kelly will be heading to South Bend any day now. But Notre Dame has issues that extend well beyond the coach. They might want to take those into account before they start dealing with more unrealistic expectations on another coach.
First, I have this one forwarded by Becky.........
Nearly 35 years after taxpayers spent $55.7 million building the Pontiac Silverdome and a year after a $20 million sale fell through, city officials have sold the arena once called the most desirable property in Oakland County.
The price: $583,000.
"This was a giveaway," said David J. Leitch, a broker with an Auburn Hills based realty firm."The property alone, at $10,000 an acre, should have gone for more than that. And you have the Silverdome, its contents, and the infrastructure already in place. I had estimated it would probably go for between $1.2 million and $3 million. I can't believe it."
Then this one.....
The abandoned corpses, in white body bags with number tags tied to each toe, lie one above the other on steel racks inside a giant freezer in Detroit’s central mortuary, like discarded shoes in the back of a wardrobe.
Some have lain here for years, but in recent months the number of unclaimed bodies has reached a record high. For in this city that once symbolised the American Dream many cannot even afford to bury their dead.
“I have not seen this many unclaimed bodies in 13 years on the job,” said Albert Samuels, chief investigator at the mortuary. “It started happening when the economy went south last year. I have never seen this many people struggling to give people their last resting place.”
Unburied bodies piling up in the city mortuary — it reached 70 earlier this year — is the latest and perhaps most appalling indignity to be heaped on the people of Detroit. The motor city that once boasted the highest median income and home ownership rate in the US is today in the midst of a long and agonising death spiral.
You know what this area desperately needs right now? A tax increase. Just ask "Progressive" governor Jennifer G.
What's so "progressive" about leave your dead rot in a morgue?
"You know, if - if I feel like I've made the very best decisions for the American people and three years from now I look at it and, you know, my poll numbers are in the tank and because we've gone through these wrenching changes, you know, politically, I'm in a tough spot, I'll - I'll feel all right about myself," Obama told CNN's Ed Henry.
"I said to myself very early on, even when I started running for office, I don't want to be making decisions based on getting re-elected, because I think the challenges that America faces right now are so significant," the president also said.
First, once again, Mr. Messiah made all about him. You could paraphrase this as "Look if the American people are too stupid to realize how wonderful I am for them, then I'm leaving the party".
Second, to Obama's credit he's not making decisions based on getting reelected, he's making decisions based on what Hugo Chavez would do and unlike Chavez, he won't get reelected via a military coup.
Third, what a whining little pussy (excuse the french). For Obama, when the going gets tough, he votes present (see Afghanistan).
Fourth, God we can only hope.
I'm still waiting for other confirmation but it appears that a global warming study firm's computer system was hacked and some confidential emails unveiled showing the manipulation of scientific data.
What I was most interested in is the recognition by the Ohio liberal blogs as to the lies and manipulation of science so I checked the top twenty most influential liberal blogs as rated by BNN.
Not a peep about this on one of them.
In fact, three even threw out even more lies on global warming. You'd think that a blog named Thinking Green, Speaking Green might have some note on this.
Again, I think there's more to come on this but for liberals to not hold their own accountable for their lies weakens their argument on everything. It's the same as the support of ACORN despite overwhelming evidence of a corrupt organization.
Friday, November 20, 2009
To the side is a schedule detailing the mix of public and private sector jobs for the state of Michigan (I'm dying to find a similar schedule for the nation as a whole, if someone could direct me, I would greatly appreciate it.).
What's significant about this schedule is that roughly 16% (1/6th) of the payroll employment in the state of Michigan is in the public sector.
Why is that significant?
Consider that for each employee in the public sector you must have private sector employees to pay their salary and benefit packages.
Assume that everyone in a community makes the same (for this example let's use forty thousand dollars annually).
That means it takes five workers in the state of Michigan to support one public employee and that costs each of those employees $8,000 each to cover one $40,000.
That doesn't even count the fact that in the real world most public sector jobs pay better and have more lucrative pension and health insurance benefits putting even more pressure on the private sector to cover this societal "overhead".
Now you may be saying "Gordon, your math doesn't work, people making $40,000 a year don't pay $8,000 a year in taxes."
Think of the all the real estate taxes, sales taxes, sin taxes, income taxes, levied on a society and you can damn well bet that this formula works.
Now also consider that we cannot all work in the public sector. There has to be private sector activity to fund all the stuff we have governments do today. Yet you'd never know that from how our elected officials behave. Each and every health care plan, cap and trade bill, congressional staffer, is just another straw on the camel's back.
If you ever wanted to know why this recession is going to take us a decade to get out of.... just look at the "U" shaped camel's back of for-profit businesses. It's too muich weight to carry and get moving.
So why did I become a conservative? Because I can see that public sector never shrinks it only gets so heavy it implodes from within. Just ask Michigan.
Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl, just seven years out of college, is igniting ire with his plan to levy a 1 percent tax on tuition collected by the city’s 10 nonprofit colleges and universities.
Introduced as part of Ravenstahl’s 2010 budget less than a week after he won reelection on Nov. 3, the so-called “Fair Share Tax” would raise $16.2 million in annual revenue for the city, his estimates claim. “We value Pittsburgh’s nonprofit community,” he said as he announced the tax. “They are our major employers, and a big part of why our economy continues to be strong. However, we can no longer afford to provide city services to those who are not paying their fair share.”
Thursday, November 19, 2009
They called it Paradise
I don't know why
You call some place Paradise
Kiss it goodbye
As the dean of Harvard Medical School I am frequently asked to comment on the health-reform debate. I'd give it a failing grade.
Instead of forthrightly dealing with the fundamental problems, discussion is dominated by rival factions struggling to enact or defeat President Barack Obama's agenda. The rhetoric on both sides is exaggerated and often deceptive. Those of us for whom the central issue is health—not politics—have been left in the lurch. And as controversy heads toward a conclusion in Washington, it appears that the people who favor the legislation are engaged in collective denial.
Our health-care system suffers from problems of cost, access and quality, and needs major reform. Tax policy drives employment-based insurance; this begets overinsurance and drives costs upward while creating inequities for the unemployed and self-employed. A regulatory morass limits innovation. And deep flaws in Medicare and Medicaid drive spending without optimizing care.
Speeches and news reports can lead you to believe that proposed congressional legislation would tackle the problems of cost, access and quality. But that's not true. The various bills do deal with access by expanding Medicaid and mandating subsidized insurance at substantial cost—and thus addresses an important social goal. However, there are no provisions to substantively control the growth of costs or raise the quality of care. So the overall effort will fail to qualify as reform.
Read the rest here........
It's a slow day in a little East Texas town. The sun
is beating down, and the streets are deserted. Times are tough,
everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.....
On this particular day a rich tourist from back east is driving through
town. He stops at the motel and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he
wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.
As soon as the man walks upstairs, the owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer.
The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel.
The guy at the Farmer's Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her "services" on credit.
The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner.
The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the rich traveler will not suspect anything.
At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, picks up the $100 bill, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town.
No one produced anything. No one earned anything.
However, the whole town is now out of debt and now looks to the future with great optimism.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the United States Government is conducting business today.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
President Barack Obama's choice for a top job in the Treasury Department did not disclose all of her late tax payments until she was repeatedly prodded by Senate investigators, a congressional report issued Wednesday said.
Obama's nominee for undersecretary of the Treasury for international affairs, Lael Brainard, is the fifth presidential nominee to reveal tax issues during the congressional vetting process.
Brainard was late in paying real estate taxes in 2005, 2006 and 2007 on property in Northern Virginia, according to the report by the Senate Finance Committee staff.
The report also challenges the accuracy of a deduction Brainard claimed for running an office from her home. The challenge led Brainard to reduce the deduction on her 2008 return, though she declined to adjust returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007, telling committee staff she used a reasonable method to calculate the deductions.
Brainard is current in all her taxes, said Treasury spokesman Andrew Williams."There's nothing in the record that in any way could call into question her qualifications or ability to carry out the duties of this position," Williams said.
Except for that whole not paying her taxes thingy....
They called it Paradise
The place to be
They watched the hazy sun
Sinking in the sea
From the Golden State of California, where there hasn't been a conservative elected to state office since Stanford was a college football power...........
Power-hungry TVs will be banned from store shelves in California after state regulators adopted a first-in-the nation mandate to lower electricity demand.
On a unanimous vote, the California Energy Commission on Wednesday required all new televisions up to 58 inches to be more energy efficient beginning in 2011. The requirement will be tougher in 2013, and only a quarter of all TVs on the market currently meet that standard.
Seriously, let's forget the fact that California has bigger and better issues to conquer right now, what do you think is going to be the net effect of this ruling.
My guess? First, there's going to be a flood of TV retailers open right outside the California state lines where you'll be able to buy a TV for about half the price of what TV's in California will sell for.
Second, if you are an electronics retailer in California, look to move and take your filthy jobs with you.
What's so "progressive" about being mentally challenged?
"Afghans are responsible for their own security," Mr. Obama said. "We have to get Pakistan involved in a more effective way. There is a range of things we have to do at this point; it's fine-tuning a strategy that we can be confident we'll be successful. I think that Gen. (Stanley) McChrystal shares the same goal I do, for us to protect homeland, protect our allies and U.S. interests around the world."
Let me remind The Messiah and the media mental midgets as to why we're in Afghanistan.
We're not there to nation build like Iraq.
We're not there to see that Pakistan makes nice with their nukes.
We're not there to deliver pizzas to Karzai and Co.
We are there to hunt and kill an enemy that high jacked four airliners and flew them into buildings killing thousands. While a stable and effective Afghan government is helpful, it is actually a non sequitor. Hunting and killing Osama bin Laden and his henchmen has nothing to do with what the Afghans and Pakistanis can help us with.
The fact that the Obamunists are worried about corruption in Karzai's government is laughable.
Our leaders have to own the fact that these governments might be perpetually inept and ineffective to hunt down Al Queda. Where does that leave us? If we leave, bin Laden & Co. will still be hanging around planning the next attack.
When these guys get a clue, call me.
Improper payments by the U.S. government to people, firms and contractors rose sharply to $98 billion in fiscal 2009 and President Barack Obama plans new rules to clamp down, the White House said Tuesday.
Over half the mistakes were made in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and although some of the deterioration reflected stricter measurement, it also showed the need for healthcare reform, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag told reporters.
Brought to you by the same people wanting to run your health care.....
I had that experience this morning when I hit this link sent to me from leader Jeremy; presumably from the Onion..........
President Barack Obama says he's worried that spending too much money to help revive the economy could undermine a fragile U.S. recovery and throw the economy into a double-dip recession.
That's when the economy begins to recover briefly from a recession only to be dragged back under. Obama told Fox News in an interview Wednesday that his administration is weighing tax breaks that could encourage businesses to begin hiring again.
That's a good one Jeremy. Next time do you plan to plastic wrap my toilet?
Now it's been a couple of weeks since I last read my US Constitution but I'm pretty sure that no where in that Constitution does it mention health care. In fact, I'm so sure I'd be willing to bet money on it.
None the less, the host made a good retort. None of the rights named in the Constitution (speech, religion, guns, double jeopardy etc.) costs your neighbor a dime.
I would offer that all the rights named in the Constitution are simply human rights you would expect if you were dropped off in the middle of Kansas circa 1660. But the founders saw a need to remind those in power that they couldn't just seize these rights on a whim. The founders really didn't envision a time and place where one person would be responsible for another's food, housing, and medical care.
Now a statement for those liberals who read this blog. If you are one of those people who believe in someone else paying for your health care, have the balls to go up to your neighbor's door and tell them they need to pay for your health care. In fact, my business is having an open house for my clients and friends this Friday. Show up and ask me to pay for your insurance.
But you won't do it. Why? Because it's so much more convenient to have someone else go take the money from someone to pay for your "right".
I don't know why
You call some place Paradise
Kiss it goodbye...........
From the Golden state of California where they haven't elected a state wide conservative since John Wayne was a number one movie draw.....
Less than four months after California leaders stitched together a patchwork budget, a projected deficit of nearly $21 billion already looms over Sacramento, according to a report to be released today by the chief budget analyst.
The new figure -- the nonpartisan analyst's first projection for the coming budget -- threatens to send Sacramento back into budgetary gridlock and force more across-the-board cuts in state programs.
The grim forecast, described by people who were briefed on the report by Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor, comes courtesy of California's recession-wracked economy, unrealistic budgeting assumptions, spending cuts tied up in the courts and disappearing federal stimulus funds.
"Economic recovery will not take away the very severe budget problems for this year, next year and the year after," said Steve Levy, director of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy.
You know what California needs? A tax increase. Afterall, we all know that tax increases solve all budget woes.
What's so "progressive" about insolvency?
Top Obama donor and fundraiser Jodie Evans met with the Taliban in Afghanistan on a recent trip there, according to a report by Jane Fonda of a discussion she had with Evans last month. The meeting with the Taliban took place just weeks before Evans was videotaped directly handing to President Barack Obama a package of information about her trip to Afghanistan at a high dollar fundraiser in San Francisco.
The meeting with the Taliban was kept secret by Evans and her group Code Pink in reports she and the group posted from Kabul and in interviews with the media and bloggers about the trip. Fonda, a close friend of Evans, let the secret meeting slip in an account of her dinner with Evans
at a fundraiser for the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles:
Last Saturday, My dear friends Jodie Evans and Max Palevsky, invited Richard and me to join them at their table at a fundraiser at the Armand Hammer Museum in Westwood. It was a good evening for lots of reasons. I had never been to the museum and definitely want to go back. Clearly it is a courageous place, very cutting edge. Then, too, I saw lots of friends I hadn’t seen in a long time and I sat next to Jodie who told me a little about her recent trip to Afghanistan with an American delegation that included a retired colonel, and member the State Department (Army Reserves Col. (Ret.) and ex-diplomat Ann Wright). While there, she met with people ranging from the brother of President Karzai, Afghan members of Parliament, activists, to warlords and members of the Taliban (emphasis added.) Jodie is co-founder of the peace organization, Code Pink, and always willing to go to any lengths to try and find out what’s really going on. Bottom line: everyone she met with wants the U.S. Military out of their country. They feel our presence there has brought more violence rather than security. Please read a short article she wrote about the trip which is on the Women’s Media Center website.
There is precedent to suspect that Evans is acting as a conduit for the Taliban to Obama. In June, her fellow Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin hand carried a letter out of Gaza from the terrorist group Hamas addressed to Obama.
Read the rest at Big Government....
Special Inspector General for TARP (aka "SIG TARP") Neil Barofsky said something we've all known for a while: the government gave away the farm when AIG failed.
If you recall, AIG's failure meant that the companies on the other side of all of its contracts (counterparties) were going to be left holding the bag. Under normal cases of bankruptcy, the court would impose haircuts to the amount of money due to counterparties, but because AIG didn't actually declare bankruptcy, the counterparties claimed that they were owed 100 cents of every dollar. The only bank that even considered taking a haircut was UBS - the Swiss, for goodness sakes - hard to imagine that a Swiss bank could make US banks look bad, but here's a case in point.
OK, so let's get this straight: the financial world is melting down, Uncle Sam had just saved the bankers' butts and now Tim Geithner the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) was going to wimp-out? Yes, the Great Gazoo strikes again! (My friend pointed out that our current Treasury Secretary and former tax cheat bears a striking resemblance to this esoteric character from "The Flintstones" — Geithner has been the Great Gazoo since!)
Here's the first.....
What liberalism does to minorities: Liberalism falsely convinces minorities in America that they are widely hated and despised for their skin color. How terrible it must be to spend your days seeing racial slights that don't exist, feeling despised by people who don't give you a second thought, and expecting that you will be treated unfairly by people, most of whom think no more of your skin color than they do the color of the carpet they're standing on.
Believing these lies leads to a sense of victimhood that liberalism offers to "fix" with more destructive solutions like Affirmative Action. How many white Americans have doubted the achievement of a black American because of Affirmative Action? How many black Americans have doubted their own worthiness because they thought they may have been given a helping hand because of their race? How many black college students who would have graduated with honors at UNC-Chapel Hill flunked out of Harvard because Affirmative Action got them into a college that was over their head? In the wildest dreams of the Ku Klux Klan, they could have never come up with an ideology as deviously destructive to minorities in America as liberalism.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The Postal Service reported a loss of $3.8 billion last year, despite a reduction of 40,000 full-time positions and other cost-cutting measures.
The loss was $1 billion more than the year before despite job cuts and other efforts designed to save billions of dollars, postal officials said Monday.
"Our 2009 fiscal year proved to be one of the most challenging in the history of the Postal Service," Chief Financial Officer Joseph Corbett said.
"The deep economic recession, and to a lesser extent the ongoing migration of mail to electronic alternatives, significantly affected all mail products, creating a large imbalance between revenues and costs," he said.
The post office has been struggling to cope with a decline in mail volume caused by the shift to the Internet as well as the recession that resulted in a drop in advertising and other mail. Total mail volume was 177.1 billion pieces, compared to 202.7 billion pieces in 2008, a decline of almost 13 percent.
I'm sure the government health plan will be totally different this time.........
Cincinnati police are putting criminals on notice: crime fighting 2010 style has arrived in the form of video cameras in the Downtown business district and high-crime areas in other neighborhoods.
That video can be reviewed later during an investigation or even watched in real time if needed.
The first eight cameras are being installed Downtown now, to be followed by six cameras early next year in the Clifton area and another dozen along Glenway Avenue from East Price Hill into Westwood by the summer.
Out here in "Redville" we just wait for the meth house to explode, no cameras needed.
What's so "progressive" about 24/7 surveillance?
A 15-year-old Bronx girl was fighting for her life Monday night after a stray bullet slammed into her head as she innocently walked near a dispute between armed thugs.
As Vada Vasquez underwent emergency brain surgery, cops hunted for a bicycle-riding gunman who fired wildly at a man suspected of being a snitch.
Her traumatized family was inconsolable.
"This shouldn't happen to a little girl who was on her way home from school," her sister Allison said inside Lincoln Hospital last night. "This is a tragedy."
Another sibling simply cried, "That's my sister!"
Vada and a friend were near the corner of Home St. and Prospect Ave., just blocks from her school, Bronx Latin in Morrisania, when a dispute erupted between a group of men near the Davidson Houses at 3:45 p.m., cops said.
Tyrone Creighton, 19, scrambled down Home St. in an effort to get away, but the gunman-on-wheels whipped out a .40-caliber handgun and gave chase, police sources said.
What's so "progressive" about inner city genocide?
Monday, November 16, 2009
First, why would they care if Palin destroyed the GOP?
Second, why would you tell your enemy they're making a bad choice?
Here's David Corn advising the GOP that Palin is bad news for them..........
As goes Palin, so goes the Grand Old Party? Not necessarily. But the party does run the risk of being defined -- in a guilt-by-association manner -- by Palin. This week, I participated on the roundtable for ABC News' "This Week." One of my fellow panelists, David Brooks, pronounced her a "joke." Presuming Brooks is right, I noted, the Republican Party has a problem: If GOPers take a "joke" seriously, doesn't it reflect poorly on the party? Republican leaders, who fear or covet her conservative supporters, have been publicly embracing her as a serious player. On "This Week," Rudy Giuliani called her "an exciting figure in the Republican Party." He added, "There's something extra-special that Sarah Palin has in terms of reaching out to people, and my party needs that kind of excitement." Last month Pawlenty recklessly followed Palin into the fray of that GOP civil war over a special congressional election in upstate New York.
Nice to see David Corn has so much compassion for the GOP.
I've got mixed emotions on Palin but here's one thing I do know. The country wouldn't be worse off today if she had the one's job.
Here's a stimulus success story: In Arizona's 15th congressional district, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending. At least that's what the Web site set up by the Obama administration to track the $787 billion stimulus says.
There's one problem, though: There is no 15th congressional district in Arizona; the state has only eight districts.
Late Monday officials told ABC News many of the jobs created and money spent from the stimulus plan were incorrectly credited because people filling out forms entered wrong data, like the number of the congressional district.
Truly, in days gone by, a definition of incompetence was incomplete without a mention of Jimma Carter. How I miss those days.
You no longer have to be some Ted Kaczynski, Montana, cabin dwelling freak to purchase these things.
Just a prudent investor.....
The dollar fell on Monday as accused the United States of increasing protectionism and following unexpectedly strong Japanese , pushing to a record high point.
US President Beijing that Washington is its partner, not its rival.is in China for a three-day mission aimed at convincing
As the dollar dropped against the euro and yen, gold struck an all-time peak of 1,133.20 dollars an ounce.
In late morning trading here, the euro climbed to 1.4969 dollars from 1.4918 dollars late in New York on Friday.
Against the Japanese currency, the dollar fell to 89.42 yen from 89.66 yen late on Friday.
What the media failed to inform people when the Obamunists passed this little diddy was that all they did was tinker with the withholding tables so that you'd get $400.00 more in your net pay.
The result? If you normally got back a $200 refund in April, this April you'll owe $200.
Now, someone in the media wakes the hell up and gets it......
More than 15 million taxpayers could unexpectedly owe taxes when they file their federal returns next spring because the government was too generous with their new Making Work Pay tax credit.That should help out poor people who count on those refunds....
Taxpayers are at risk if they have more than one job, are married and both spouses work, or receive Social Security benefits while also earning, according to a report Monday by the for tax administration.
The tax credit, which is supposed to pay individuals up to $400 and couples up to $800, was's signature tax break in the massive stimulus package enacted in February.
Most workers started receiving the credit through small increases in their paychecks in April. The tax credit was made available through new withholding tables issued by the.
The withholding tables, however do not take into account taxpayers with multiple jobs or married couples in which both people work. They also don't take into accountwith jobs that provided .
Mitchell Bean, director of the nonpartisan Michigan House Fiscal Agency, said Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) already has warned state agencies to prepare for 20 percent cuts next year.“I have a feeling that it’s going to look pretty gruesome,” he said. Michigan already is running on a budget shrunken to 1969 levels, in inflation-adjusted terms, Bean said.Across-the-board cuts won’t save enough, Bean said, so lawmakers must choose programs to eliminate.Both California and Michigan were prominently featured in a new report issued this week by the Pew Center on the States, “Beyond California: States in Fiscal Peril.” The report examined nine states that share some of the same economic and fiscal pressures that pushed California to the brink of insolvency this year, when it ran out of cash and had to issue IOUs for a time. The other states are: Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.
Hey when your population equates to 1969 levels why spend at more than that.
Thanks reader Becky.
Terrorists on trial in NY - What happens if they're found guilty; will Obama let them walk? Let's face it, typically, if you tell a suspect that he might fry on the chair for a crime courts will usually say that his confession is coerced. I'm thinking that waterboarding might be considered a coercion.
Obama bows - We expected what?
The AP facts check Sarah Palin - Too bad they never sent those 11 fact checkers to find out what Obama's masters thesis had in it, his grade point averages, his affirmative action acceptance in to Columbia, his illegal drug use, the Novel/biography ghost writer, etc.
Obama on Afghanistan - He gets four options and sends them back for yet another? Voting "present" on war. Just what we need.
That is all.
Meet Steven Burton. Why is Steven in the news.......
Just in time for Veteran's Day, a California bank employee is facing federal charges for allegedly masquerading as a decorated Marine and wearing a host of bogus medals, including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Navy Cross. Steven Burton, 39, is scheduled to surrender tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Riverside, California (Burton, who has never served in the armed forces, was named last week in a misdemeanor criminal information charging him with the unauthorized wearing of military medals). According to a search warrant affidavit, Burton's charade was discovered after an actual Navy commander, Colleen Salonga, ran into Burton at their high school reunion. Online records indicate that Salonga and Burton graduated in 1988 from Alhambra High School in Martinez, California (and that their class's 20th reunion was last October). Suspicious that Burton was playing dress up, Salonga asked to take a photo with him. That image, seen below, was later provided to FBI agents. A subsequent investigation turned up another photo of Burton in uniform as well as blog postings in which he recounted his "combat experience" and tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the real world, Burton is employed at Rabobank in Palm Springs, California. (8 pages)
So this past Presidential election, did Steve buddy here pull the hammer for The Maverick or The Messiah?
Thanks reader Jeremy for the tip.